July 11, 2012
Complete NABC Release
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri State men's basketball seniors Isaiah Rhine (C, Versailles, Mo.) and Michael Bizoukas (G, Munster, Ind.) are part of the 2011-12 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, the organization announced this week.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents of those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. talents of these student-athletes off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must be a junior or senior, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year, matriculated at least one year at their current institution, and play at a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA member institution.
Rhine has a 3.75 grade point average working on his graduate degree in Speech and Language Pathology. He played in 105 games as a Bear, scored 189 points and grabbed 153 rebounds. He made 7 career starts, including a pair this season. His senior season, he was a 52.4 percent shooter, made 10-of-13 free throws and scored a career-best 55 points in his 27 appearances. He was awarded the team's prestigious Guy Thompson Award at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season and was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Second Team.
Bizoukas has a 3.40 GPA and was a post-graduate student majoring in Sports Administration. After leading the MVC in assists (5.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9), Bizoukas earned the team's Assists Award at the postseason banquet. He was a two-time MVC Newcomer of the Week and averaged 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in his only season in the maroon and white after transfering from DePaul. His 174 assists this winter marked the eighth-best season total in MSU history.